We decided to participate in Executive Forums (an executive peer group) and Global Growth Cycle (a global consulting peer group) in order to stay up-to-date on what our clients need (sometimes even before they know they ‘need’ it). After all, understanding what is successful as well as investing in our continual learning are important factors in long-term success.
At a recent meetings of both groups, the importance of values arose. Do you have values? And, more importantly, do you LIVE by values or are they just pasted on your wall (and ignored)?
Because we felt it was important for LMA Consulting to stand for something, we have codified our values. As a part of our communication efforts, we are sharing them with our clients, colleagues, subcontractors, advisors and more. Of course, we always welcome feedback and input.
To kick off, we have four core values that happen to start with ‘P’ (which we enjoy because of the alliteration):
- People – As we continually say (and believe), people are our #1 asset. Our affiliations, LMA Associates, colleagues, clients and advisors fall into this category. No matter how perfect the process or ideal the technology, it will not “work” without the people.
- Passion – It certainly makes life more interesting to enjoy what you do and have a passion for helping clients achieve bottom line results. We find that success follows applied passion.
- Persistence – No matter the topic in business (or life), persistence has been core to our success. There is definitely truth to saying ‘persistence trumps talent’. Having both wouldn’t hurt but we’ll take persistence any day!
- Performance – At the end of the day, keeping focused on delivering bottom line business results matters. In our case, we deliver BOLD customer promises and profits!
Give your values some thought. Start at square zero. Do you have them? Do you agree with them? Do you ‘live’ them? How about your team? Since this is a beneficial predecessor to setting strategy and ensuring results, it is worthwhile. If you have questions or are thinking about how to get started, contact us .